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Issue 169 - January, 2014 (1st Edition) - Page 1

Satire - 'Girl Suicides after Justin Bieber Beached Whale Comments'

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Circulating report claims that an Australian girl committed suicide after being called a "beached whale" by pop star Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber

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Brief Analysis
The report is a work of fiction published by the satirical website National Report. Thankfully, the claims that a girl committed suicide after Bieber made "beached whale" comments are untrue. However, there have been news reports that claim Bieber did make insulting "beached whale" comments to a girl at the pool of a Perth hotel during his Australian tour. But, the reports relied on unconfirmed eyewitness testimony, and their veracity has been disputed. Some have suggested that the incident was fabricated. The satirical article is apparently derived from these unconfirmed reports about Bieber's alleged comments.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Beached Whale’ Comment Leads To Teen Girl’s Suicide

The pudgy sunbather who recently endured Justin Bieber’s cruel taunts aimed at her husky physique has allegedly committed suicide. Julie Gunn was found dead by her roommate in their Harvey Bay flat. She had reportedly knocked back several pints of Tooheys before downing half a bottle of Valium.


Detailed Analysis


According to a report currently circulating vigorously via social media, an Australian girl has committed suicide after being called a "beached whale" by pop star Justin Bieber.  The report claims that, after Bieber made the comments poolside at a Perth Hotel, the girl was continually taunted by strangers who had heard of the incident and began drinking heavily before taking her own life.

Thankfully, the suicide claims are false. The report is a work of fiction that originates from the satirical website, National Report.  All articles published on the site are fictional. A disclaimer on the site notes:

*DISCLAIMER:  National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways.  All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news.  Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.

In this case, however, the satirical story, although itself fictional, is derived from real media reports of an alleged incident involving Bieber. In early December 2013, News.com.au reported that Bieber was heard by an eyewitness calling a young woman at Perth's Hyatt Regency a "beached whale" while in Australia on tour.

Bieber allegedly first asked if the girl was Hawaiian before making the beached whale remark.  The eyewitness claimed that he then insultingly suggested that the girl go on reality TV show, The Biggest Loser. Another eyewitness reportedly confirmed the incident.

But, the girl at the receiving end of the alleged remarks has not come forward and has not been identified in media reports. And, eyewitness reports apparently contradict each other, with some commentators suggesting that the entire incident may have been fabricated.
 
Given the nature of the topic and the compelling influence that the star has on some of his young idols, the satirical piece is in decidedly poor taste.

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Last updated: December 23, 2013
First published: December 23, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Justin Bieber’s ‘Beached Whale’ Comment Leads To Teen Girl’s Suicide
National Report Disclaimer
Justin Bieber reportedly called fan 'beached whale' at Perth's Hyatt Regency hotel
Justin Bieber ‘Beached Whale’ Claim Further Discredited
Justin Bieber Did NOT Call Fan A 'Beached Whale' Despite Recent Allegations



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